Nothing says hole in the wall more than this place does. We started at the wrong end of Outlook Drive and almost gave up on our search for this fabled Malaysia-chef run restaurant(?).
Located along Outlook Drive, first store you’ll see coming from Baguio Townhomes, this humble looking place takes pride in its authentic Malaysian and Thai offerings.
However, do not let the humble facade make you think you’ll have a humble bill. :D . Total damage for 4 people is 1000 pesos. Not a typical thing you’ll pay at your neighborhood turo turo or for a McDonald’s Happy meal. The explosion of asian flavors in your mouth, however is unlike any other gastronomic experience in Baguio. Check out their menu.
On the day of our visit, the menu offered a lot of sea food dishes– we tried the Blue Marlin with Fresh Chili in Garlic and Lime Dressing. It supposed to be mildly spicy but my buds say otherwise. Eating the spicy blue marlin dish with the cilantro leaves was the way to do it. Also the fruity fruit tea effectively countered the spicyness.
To curb my Thai food craving, I ordered the Thai Pork Salad,which is prepared a little differently than I was used to when I was living in Burma. Pork slices were a bit thicker and the spicyness level toned down. Nevertheless, the combination of fish sauce, basil, lime, basil and spice was perfect.
For a veggie dish, we got sauteed cucumber, a dish we picked among the other sauteed vegs. Didn’t know that cucumber can actually be sauteed like this. It was topped with pork flakes and mixed with exotics spices–some even hand carried from Thailand and Malaysia. Eating cooked cucumber was like eating patola with style :D
Finally, there’s the Murtabak, which is like pancake stuffed with beef and stuff. It’s a pretty popular Malaysian dish, and a staple on the Chef’s Home menu. It’s eaten best with the chili paste and pickled onion.
Alvin Emuang, the Malaysian chef and his Bacnotan-native wife Gina like to keep their eatery small, even opening only at certain times, that is — 11AM to 2PM and 6PM to 8PM Mon-Sat (closed on Sundays). Seats are very limited (20 max!) so make sure you get there early. We came at 5PM but the chef was happy to feed us anyway.
If you’ve got adventurous taste or just miss authentic Malaysian-Thai cooking, this place is for you. Or if you’re just hungry and happen to be in the area,this is for you too :). Bring family, friends, dates who, like you have a flair for discovering new and often obscure eating spots in Baguio.
FYI, they’ve only been in business for 1 year but managed to be picked up by a popular long running travel show in the Phils.
Chef’s Home is located at 13 Outlook Drive, Baguio City, (Mob 09997746624 , 09164445756)